Cheering crowds welcomed King Salman Wednesday as he began the first visit by a Saudi monarch to Indonesia for almost 50 years, seeking stronger economic ties with the world's most populous Muslim-majority country.
Russia yesterday cast its seventh veto to protect the Syrian government from United Nations Security Council action, blocking a bid by Western powers to impose sanctions over accusations of chemical weapons attacks during the six-year Syrian conflict.
Israeli police began Tuesday demolishing nine West Bank settler homes declared illegal by the Supreme Court, despite hundreds of protesters barricading themselves in them.
Saudi Aramco plans to shut its 126,000 barrels per day (bpd) crude oil refinery in Riyadh for planned maintenance from March 1 for 80 days, the state news agency reported on Tuesday.
Much of the fighting for west Mosul will be at close quarters, but Iraq's battle against the Islamic State group is also being waged in the open desert.
The biggest trial of suspects accused of involvement in last year's failed July coup opened in Turkey on Tuesday in a courtroom specially built to hold more than 1,500 people.
The Oscar awarded to a documentary about the daily lives of volunteers of a Syrian search and rescue group called the White Helmets shows people care about its mission to help civilians caught in Syria’s civil war, the group said yesterday.
Syria’s opposition yesterday urged Russia, a key ally of President Bashar al-Assad, to put pressure on Damascus to help kickstart sputtering peace talks in Geneva.
Iran’s The Salesman, a drama about honour and revenge in a modern marriage, won the Oscar on Sunday for best foreign language film.